SAT, LSAT and SAT Subject Tests

SAT and Subject SAT
Originally, SAT was an abbreviation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

In 1993, the test was renamed the SAT I: Reasoning Test.

At the same time, the former Achievement Tests were renamed the SAT II: Subject Tests.

In 2004, the numerals "I" and "II" were dropped, and the tests are now named the SAT Reasoning Test (or just SAT) and SAT Subject Tests.

SAT is a simple and recognizable way of referring to the SAT Reasoning Test.

Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process. That's why more than two million students take the SAT every year.

The SAT measures knowledge of subjects learned in the classroom, including reading, writing, and math, and how well you can apply that knowledge outside of the classroom.

The SAT helps colleges get to know you better by giving them insight into how you think, solve problems, and communicate.

The SAT, along with high school grades, is the best predictor of success in college. The SAT gives you an opportunity to show colleges what you know and what you know you can do.

Taking the SAT is the first step in finding the right college for you — the one where you'll best succeed and discover the tools necessary to pursue your passions and achieve your career goals.


Standby Testing:

If you miss the late registration deadline, there's still a chance you can take the SAT or Subject Tests as a standby. Test centers accept standbys on a first-come, first-served basis only if they have enough space, testing materials, and staff — so there is no guarantee that you'll be admitted to the test. Standby testing is not available for Language Tests with Listening, center-based SSD testing that requires special formats, school-based SSD testing, or in certain countries. Go to the Collegeboard website for more information.

Understanding your scores:

Remember that colleges use more than just your SAT scores when making admissions decisions. Your high school record is the most important, and the college may also consider essays, recommendations, interviews and your involvement in intercurricular activities.

SAT Reasoning Test:

The SAT scores are reported on a scale from 200 - 800,with additional sub scores for the essay (a score range of 2 - 12) and the multiple-choice writing questions (a score range of 20 - 80).

SAT Subject Tests:

All current Subject Test scores are on a scale from 200 - 800, with additional Subject Test sub scores (a score range of 20 - 80). The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is reported on a scale from 901 to 999 with sub scores that are reported on a scale from 1 to 50.

Test-Taking Tips

  • Answer the easy questions first:
    (Except for the critical reading section where questions are in order of logic and organization of each passage,) the easier questions are usually at the start of each section and hardest at the end.
  • Make educated guesses:
    If you can rule out one or more answer choices for the multiple-choice you have a better chance of guessing the right answer.
  • Skip questions that you really can't answer:
    No points will be deducted if an answer is left blank.
  • Keep track of time:
    Don't spent too much time on any question or section.
  • Use your test booklet as "scratch paper".
  • Mark the questions in your booklet that you skipped:
    It will save time when looking back when you have completed the test and have time to look at them again.
  • Check your answer sheet:
    Make sure you mark the right question number.
  • Use a no. 2 pencil.
    It is important that you fill in the entire circle on the answer sheet. It is very important that you fill in the entire circle darkly and completely.

On the Test Day

You need to arrive at your assigned by 7:45 a.m. Testing should be completed between 12:30 and 1 p.m.


  1. an acceptable Photo ID and your SAT Admission Ticket.
  2. two No. 2 pencils and a good eraser — a pencil is required for the multiple-choice questions and the essay
    (Mechanical pencils are not allowed — they may punch through the answer sheet because of the wrong type of lead).
    Pens are not allowed.
  3. a calculator with fresh batteries
  4. a snack — you have a short break at the end of each hour of testing